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The Mousam Valley Mushroom crew, from left to right: Robert, Emily and John Sharood.

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Mousam Valley Mushrooms is a family farm started by father John Sharood, son Robert Sharood and daughter Emily Sharood. The MOFGA certified organic farm is located above the Mousam River Valley in Springvale, inside an old historic dairy barn that has been renovated into the mushroom farm. The Sharoods sustainably grow and market healthy, innovative, organic oyster mushrooms, including an Italian, Pink, Butter, and a Katahdin oyster that is a native Maine strain. Mushrooms are delivered within 24 to 48 hours of harvest and are grown exclusively for the New England area, making them truly fresh and local. Mousam Valley wholesales to Whole Foods Market, Hannaford Supermarket, Crown O' Maine and Rosemont Market. The Sharood family says, "At Mousam Valley, we strive to grow mushrooms as close to wild as possible. We cultivate our fungi on Maine hardwood and straw, sourced sustainably from the very woods and fields we forage in. The end result is a mushroom that could have been picked right off the side of your favorite hiking path. The only difference is that we grow them safely year round and know exactly when they will be perfect for you to enjoy!" Follow the farm at on Facebook and at http://mousamvalleymushrooms.com/.

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Monsanto’s losing bet on GM sugar beets has bitter repercussions
Grist - 10/20/2010.
By Tom Philpott – In 2008, the USDA approved planting of Monsanto's Roundup Ready sugar beet, equipped with a gene that allows them to withstand unlimited doses of Monsanto's Roundup herbicide. The sugar trade promised to be a big money maker for genetically modified (GM) seed giant Monsanto.
All things apple, together in one place for one day
Portland Press Herald - 10/20/2010.
By Avery Yale Kamila – Due to the death of a friend, Maine apple guru John Bunker will not be able to attend this Saturday's Great Maine Apple Day, an event he helped found. As a result, the organizers have been scrambling since Thursday to find other experts to fill in the gaps left by Bunker's absence. "Thankfully John's got a lot of contemporaries now," said Andrew Marshall, who directs educational programs for the Maine Organic Gardeners and Farmers Association, where the event will be held.
Sea(food) change toward sustainability
Portland Press Herald - 10/20/2010.
By Meredith Goad – Imagine picking up a can of fish chowder at your local grocery store and tracing the fish that's in it back to where it was caught – and not only to where it was caught, but how it was caught. Now multiply that by a few thousand products, and you have some idea of the monumental task facing George Parmenter, corporate responsibility manager for Hannaford.
Out, invasive species!
Bangor Daily News - 10/19/2010.
Editorial – Invasive species don’t just choke up local ponds and drive out natives; they cost the United States up to $200 billion a year. While non-native animals such as Asian shore crabs and pike have gotten a lot of attention, invasive plants also are a growing problem.
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